Since its inception, NGN has remained committed to providing high speed, fiber optic broadband to rural areas. Part of this mission includes supplying community leaders with the education and tools needed to leverage their gigabit asset for economic growth. Gigabit connectivity can empower businesses in rural communities to compete on a global level, allowing owners and staff to “live rural, work global.” These broadband speeds also attract new businesses – from manufacturing plants to technology-focused office parks – that not only bring revenue to a community, but also new jobs for area residents.

NGN’s own Michael Foor, Vice President of Market and Member Services, has been invited to share NGN’s story as a keynote speaker at the much-anticipated Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference, taking place November 7 – 9 at the Atlanta Renaissance Airport Hotel.

Later in the conference agenda, he will also dive deep into the topic of promoting gigabit connectivity during a breakout session entitled “You’ve Got It, Now Sell It: Marketing Your Broadband Community.” The session will take place on the second day of the conference, November 8, at 2:40 p.m.

Michael will be joined by a panel of experts with a range of experience, including Kyle Hollifield – Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Magellan Advisors; Terry Huval – Utility Director, Lafayette Utilities System, Lafayette, LA; and Brittany Smith – Marketing Director, Unified Communications Center Supervisor, Greenlight Community Broadband, City of Wilson, NC.

Community leaders interested in learning how to leverage their broadband speeds to promote economic growth are encouraged to attend the conference. In addition to Michael’s session, local and national speakers will address the latest “hot” topics within the industry, including the major changes the current Federal Communications Commission is making to the communications landscape; the administration’s infrastructure investment plan; new developments in public-private partnerships; the emerging role of cooperatives; what next-generation wireless networks mean for fiber networks; key legal and regulatory issues; federal, state and other funding sources; “Smart Cities” initiatives and much more.

Find the full 3-day conference agenda here. For additional conference details and to register, visit: